News Updates

  • An Update to Our Supporters on the COVID-19 Crisis

    FSHD exists to protect and care for society’s most vulnerable citizens: low-income seniors, children and the disabled. So we have put plans into place to reach out to hundreds of families in their homes in order to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our residents’ health and well-being.

    Published on March 25th, 2020 | Read more »

  • Where Are Our Grads Now?  New Database Will Track Educational Outcomes

    Something that we recognized as missing from our records here at Fair Share Housing was a comprehensive database of alumni who’ve attended our center. In order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of both the challenges our families face as well as the triumphs experienced by our students, we have begun to contact parents of our student alumni. During these conversations, we ask our parents to share their childrens’ current employment, residence, educational pursuits, as well as their experience living in Ethel Lawrence Homes and the greater Mount Laurel community.

    Published on March 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Nearly 100 Residents Turn Out To Celebrate Black History Month

    On February 25, 2020, the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration. The neighborhood’s namesake hero, Ethel R. Lawrence, was especially celebrated and remembered. With an advanced screening of the forthcoming documentary on her life and legacy, residents were reminded of the difference one person can make in the community and the world. We honor Ethel Lawrence and the countless named and unnamed heroes of color who’ve made our world a more just, peaceful, and beautiful place for everyone.

    Published on February 25th, 2020 | Read more »

  • Jesuit Volunteer Reflection By Scott Henderson

    The children at the Education Center have captured my heart. When I met them last summer, I could not have imagined the amount of joy I would receive from all of the students. To be able to play even the smallest role in supporting our kids makes every day worthwhile. Whether it is helping a student understand how to add fractions or discussing acts of bullying going on at their school, I am grateful to be able to enter into that space with that child and simply be with them in those moments. Our kids radiate such light and energy into the world around them, and I cannot wait to continue to see them grow and flourish throughout the rest of my year here.

    Published on February 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • ‘Girl Code’ Bootcamp

    Almost every woman has a story where they’ve leaned on the other women around them, often strangers, and have seen and felt the power of “Girl Code,” a set of unwritten rules meant to uplift kindness and solidarity. Every Tuesday, our K-4th graders gather together with staff and some of our older girls to discuss the Do’s and Don’ts of Girl Code. Our topics include: Respecting Boundaries/Healthy Relationships, Bullying, Bystander Effect/Peer Pressure/Snitching, Social Media: Blocking Out the Haters, Comment Culture: Can-Do’s & Can-Don’ts, and Conflict Resolution/Restorative Circles.

    Published on January 31st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »